Singing For The Stewartry – Public Asked To Join In Virtual Singing Group

Kate and Jennifer Picken

The positive effects of singing are well documented as it raises endorphins, reduces stress and draws more oxygen into the blood. It’s crucial to help people of all ages feel included within a group whilst instilling a feeling of ‘going forward’ and looking towards the future. 

The First Virtual event will take part on May 26th at 7.00pm – click HERE for full info

To this end a group have come up with the idea of virtual singing weeks, culminating in an outside concert sing along in Balmaghie Churchyard once restrictions are lifted.

Pauline Drysdale said, ‘Lady Susan Ross, Lorna MacLeod and myself felt there was an opportunity to get people together ‘virtually’ to sing and learn a number of mixed hymns and songs. The talented Kate Picken and Jennifer Picken have kindly come on board and have pulled together the first virtual song ‘The Prayer..
Kirkcudbright music teacher and choir master Kate and her daughter  said, ‘We are delighted to have been asked to get involved in this community project and hope that the sing-along opportunity will help keep spirits lifted at this time.’ 


Lady Ross added, ‘The response has been marvellous and so many people within our community are excited to hear the first song which they will learn and sing along to. We are absolutely delighted to have the wonderful Kate & Jennifer on board to guide us and we have religious and non religious songs, suitable for all ages, which we will upload each week!’


People can donate on line, or on the day of the event itself to the NHS or our care & key workers. A link will be available on the Balmaghie Sacred Landscape Trust Facebook page or the website


Lorna MacLeod at Balmaghie Sacred Landscape Trust said, ‘It does feel a bit strange not being able to set a definitive date as yet, but it will be fun to learn and sing new songs over the next few weeks. The public group sing a long overlooking Loch Ken will provide a spectacular venue and we hope to see lots of people turn up to celebrate our sense of community spirit. Once the event comes to a close the bells will be rung and we also hope light up the Kirk.’ 

For more information, the words and songs see or Balmaghie Sacred Landscape Trust on Facebook.